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  1. Wow, very timely considering both the focus and the alignment videos are new! I have a focusing question though, I see how I should be focusing, but my camera -Nikon D750- does not, at least to my understanding, allow me to change the aspect ratio in-camera. I don't own an external recorder or anything like that. And as far as I know, there aren't any Nikon hacks for this functionality. Maybe there is some-sort of live output to mac/pc that I could use?
  2. My taking lens is a manual lens. That would be cool to try on another lens though.
  3. I am fairly sure everything is still blurry when both set to infinity. I'd so much prefer that it is just me. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it is my understanding that I should first focus the anamorphic lens and then the taking lens. I am by no means good at it. If you know of any tips, please do share.
  4. Sure thing, I'll take some more detailed before and after shots. The lens was purchased from eBay by seller "cameralovelove" from Japan.
  5. I checked the line, it is as straight as I can make it with my current setup. Okay, thank you. I'll give it a go. By the way, is it normal that it would only flare when facing the sun? I've seen other tests where it seems to flare much more with light sources in general.
  6. Thanks for the video, I think I can do that mod; though I'll wait it out a bit longer to see if anyone else has any suggestions that don't require dismantling the lens. I still think it might just be me doing something wrong. It seems to flare under direct sunlight:
  7. I recently purchased a Kowa 16-H. The lens is in remarkable condition, though I am experiencing some difficulties. I have my Kowa mounted to a flange-adjusted Helios 44-2 and Nikon D750 with a custom clamp for the time being. Issues: Little to no flaring at all (from the Kowa) Unable to focus. Picture only focusable at f16, at which point everything seems to be in focus and moving the focus rings changes almost nothing. Lens is aligned, yet the bokeh is at about 60° to the right. This may just be a result of my inexperience, or something about my setup, but if it something wrong with the lens its self, I need to know as soon as possible so I can return it to the seller. Sample footage [All Un-stretched] Flare Test: The Helios does the halo flare unless I stop it down just a tad. That is expected. I do not see any flare coming from the anamorphic lens its self, there notably a lack in long flaring. Focusing becomes pointless at f16 Adjusting the focus:
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